“When a puppy named Jack entered my life,” said Kristi Jones, “my curiosity in dog training was piqued.” Her curiosity eventually led her to work with dogs in shelters, rescues, and a training facility. Eventually, out of a desire to … Continue reading Interview with Kristi Jones, A Dog Behavior Consultant
I am often asked what is the #1 issue people want help with for their dogs. Numerous answers immediately spring to mind: jumping, pulling on leash, barking, nipping, the list goes on and on. It is really dependent on the … Continue reading Guest Post: The Number One Issue in Dog Behavior by Kristi Jones
Mama Cottrel sniffed the target stick and waited expectantly for a play session. Nothing happened, which puzzled her. She tried touching the target stick with her paw. Instantly she heard a click and then her favorite wand toy appeared. She … Continue reading Clicker Training with Mama Cottrell
Most cat owners have had a cat that misbehaved. A cat that dashed outside when it shouldn’t, jumped on counters, was too aggressive with your other pets, or did other naughty things. Wouldn’t it be nice if we could train … Continue reading Training Cats To Be Good
Can cats rival dogs in social intelligence? Recent research suggests that they can. In this article, I’ll briefly summarize the work of Kristyn Vitale, a postdoc at Oregon State University who studies cat socialization. I’ll also share four experiments that Vitale says pet owners can try at home with their cats. I tried them with my cats, and I’ll share their results in this article as well In November 2018 I interviewed Vitale, who grew up wanting to work with cats. Not seeing many opportunities in the field, she initially pursued zoology as a career, then switched to feline research … Continue reading Can Cats Rival Dogs in Social Intelligence?
How smart is your pet? More and more quizzes are becoming available for dog owners to test the cognitive abilities of their dog. Sadly, but not surprisingly, there are few such tests available for cat owners. It’s sad because cats … Continue reading How Smart is Your Pet?
Lincoln Pet Culture’s series of interviews with therapy cats resumes this week! My therapy cat Rainy sat down to do an online interview with Jenny. She is registered with Therapeutic Paws of Canada (www.tpoc.ca ) and visits once a week … Continue reading A Therapy Cat Named Jenny
Mama Cottrel jumped onto the vet clinic bench. She swatted at the feather toy with her paws. Then she rolled on to her back. Just as quickly, she hauled herself forward and lunged at the toy. Catching it, she let … Continue reading Reinforcement Schedules with Mama Cottrell
The friendly female tabby named Mama Cottrel jumped up beside me on the vet clinic bench. After petting her, I held my target stick in front of her face. Mama stared at me and then at the target stick. I … Continue reading Training a Vet Clinic Cat to Touch a Target
Lincoln Pet Culture’s series of interviews with therapy cats resumes this week! My therapy cat Rainy sat down to do an online interview with Millie. She is certified through Love on a Leash and spreads sunshine to seniors and children … Continue reading A Therapy Cat Named Millie
While studying for a Post Graduate Diploma in Companion Animal Behavior Counselling, Sarah Ellis, discovered that she loved learning about cats. At the same time, she realized that there were so many questions about this “wonderful species” and that she … Continue reading Interview with Feline Behavior Specialist, Dr. Sarah Ellis
Meet Ozzie and Lantern. They were attendees at Lincoln’s first Kitten Kindergarten, which I offered last January through early February. Four-month-old Ozzie is a foster fail that the Babkas have cared for since she was one day old. According to … Continue reading Kitten Kindergarten Was A Success